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Redskins part ways with two assistants

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When the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan as head coach, they also relieved eight of Shanahan’s assistants of their duties.

Now that Jay Gruden has been hired as the team’s new head coach, they’ve parted ways with two others. Chris Russell of ESPN 980 reports that running backs coach/assistant head coach Bobby Turner and assistant special teams/defensive backs coach Richard Hightower will not be part of Gruden’s staff.

Turner spent 15 seasons as the running backs coach in Denver and stayed with the Broncos for a year after Shanahan was replaced by Josh McDaniels before heading to Washington. Sixteen different backs had 100-yard games and six backs had 1,000-yard seasons for the Broncos under Turner. Alfred Morris hit 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons while Morris, Roy Helu and Evan Royster each cracked 100 yards in games to add to Turner’s career totals on those fronts.

Hightower spent fourth years on the Redskins staff and added the defensive back duties to his special teams work in 2012. The team fired special teams coach Keith Burns after letting Shanahan go, but defensive backs coach Raheem Morris’ future with the team remains undetermined.

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18 Responses to “Redskins part ways with two assistants”
  1. glenuendo says: Jan 13, 2014 2:32 PM

    I know that part of the reason for their pathetic play on special teams had to do with the money they weren’t allowed to spend. However, anyone that was remotely associated with their special teams should be tossed out the door.

  2. matt4477 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:40 PM

    great article. and thank you for not posting an RG3 that the haters are waiting for.

  3. gg206 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:45 PM

    Raheem will stay.. He has a built in connection with the Gruden name and Bruce Allen loves him.. He will be the new DC in WSH.. Where he should’ve been under Jon in Tampa 5 years ago

  4. 1bigtex says: Jan 13, 2014 2:54 PM

    Worst Special Teams in the league. Anyone connected with ST should have been fired.

  5. tvjules says: Jan 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    The best hire Jay Gruden could make for both himself and his QB, would be AJ Green.

  6. skinsfan83 says: Jan 13, 2014 3:07 PM

    I know its not his guy… but the RB position has been a bright spot…. Perhaps it was more Shanahan… If nothing else he could pick an RB..But Turner had to have picked up on something…. eh… whatever…

  7. realitypolice says: Jan 13, 2014 3:20 PM

    How on earth does Jim Haslett still have a job?

  8. natijim235 says: Jan 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    tvjules – aj green still has 1 year on his contract than bengals will franchise him if needed afte that – he won’t be going anywhere. You can have andy dalton, he is a step up from RG3

  9. gafraidh says: Jan 13, 2014 3:25 PM

    We really should lose 1,000 yards as any kind of significant metric. In a 14 game season it meant something. Now? meh…

  10. steelerben says: Jan 13, 2014 3:28 PM

    The special teams on the Redskins were beyond terrible not just because of money. Special teams is normally the bottom half of your roster, anyway. Those are your league minimum guys. A lack of talent there points to either A) a bad scouting department, B) a person in charge of player/personnel that doesn’t listen to the scouting department, or C) all of the above.

    The few bright spots were enthusiatic but undisciplined, which points to bad coaching. Lanes weren’t being held, contain was kept but 35 yards off the ball, blocking wasn’t happening at any level and the punter had a terrible season.

    Burn it all down and start over.

  11. dirtydrynn27 says: Jan 13, 2014 3:29 PM

    Fire Jim Haslett!!!!!

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 13, 2014 3:36 PM

    Bobby won’t be finding employment in Youth Leagues if he uses that photo on his resume.

  13. broncostevenp says: Jan 13, 2014 3:50 PM

    Bobby Turner gave us Bronco fans the pleasure of drafting Maurice Clarett in the 3rd round.

    *sigh*

  14. floratiotime says: Jan 13, 2014 5:16 PM

    RG3 told the owner that these two were looking at him funny.

  15. skins1970 says: Jan 13, 2014 6:27 PM

    Jim Haslett probably is going to be the LB coach if he stays, that was the one unit on the defense that wasn’t cringe worthy.

  16. jroc95 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:50 PM

    Is Haslett still around? If so why? Him and that 3-4 defense should have been the first to go.

  17. defscottyb says: Jan 14, 2014 12:44 AM

    Good! Special teams and secondary sucked.

  18. dikshuttle says: Jan 14, 2014 8:43 AM

    I’m thinking Haslett stays for the same reasons R. Morris does. Connections to the HC and GM from previous employment.

    Maybe if they have had some previous success together, that can translate to quicker progress here. At this point hope is all we have anyway… lol

    #HTTR

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